Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Summer Stash Challenge

Last night when our Dixie Diva friendship group met, Melissa mentioned that she had new baby hummingbirds in a nest right outside her back door.
Mama hummingbird was away, so I went outside to peek at her babies. They were so tiny and small! Two of them were cheeping away, heads raised, looking for food. Soon their mama was back guarding her territory, so I went back into the house and viewed them from a window.

Today was another fun day because I had time to return to my sewing room to work on projects. When I first started my blog I signed up for the Summer Stash Challenge. Today I had time to figure out what I wanted to do and to get working. This is the first challenge I've ever joined and I'm excited to see how things progress.

My first decision was to figure out what fabric out of my stash I wanted to use. I found these fat quarters that I purchased at Market in May of last year when Salt Lake City was the host. I was like a kid in a candy store at Market, and bought enough fabric to keep me busy for years. My goal for 2008 has been to start using what I have before buying any new fabric. So far I've done pretty well. The only fabric I've purchased has been to complete a current project.

My next decision was to select a pattern for my Stash Challenge. I found this one out of a book I've had for a while. It's especially geared to using fat quarters. The pattern is designed for a lap quilt, but I'm going to make it larger.

The cutting out of the fabric was fairly easy. All of the fat quarters were cut the same, so I was able to stack 4 at a time.

The blocks end up being 20 1/2 x 16 1/2
I was able to complete the first two.


Eileen said...

Oh my goodness. This is going to be so beautiful! Very rich looking. I love everything about it. You are starting off great!

Eileen said...

P.S. The baby humming birds are wonderful.

Suzy said...

What a great looking quilt! I love the fabrics you chose! :o)

Kim Walus said...

Nedra, Thanks for checking out my blog and leaving such nice comments. I can see I'm already a few posts behind since I last checked.

I love the fabric you're using and the block turned out beautifully. It's better than the block on the pattern. It will be stunning when you're done!

BTW, I just finished Second Sun on Monday and started Light and Fury the next day. It was so good I finished it by that (tuesday) night. I was at Camp Jeremiah all afternoon with the Activity Day Girls as one of the mom helpers/drivers so I had a little time to read it. I can't wait to start on the last book that just came out.

Nanette Merrill said...

I can't wait to see how it works up. That pattern and the fabric are all darling. What a nice quilt to be working on and you'll always remember where and when you got that fabric.

Jana said...

I can hardly wait to see the finish project! The colors are great!

Elizabeth said...

This is my next thing to start. I have one thing to finish first and then I need to start my stash quilt. Yours looks like it will be great!

Live Well With Judi said...

Nedra: I think we bought the same fat quarter pack that night. I love what you're doing with yours. I haven't figured out what to do with mine yet. Glad you're back from Phoenix. You really do have the cutest grandbabies in the world! Hugs